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Have you ever wanted to add the Recycle Bin to your My Computer screen? Yeah, it’s probably not the most common request, but here’s how to do it anyway with a simple registry hack.

Here’s what we’re talking about… if you wanted to do something more useful, you can also add Control Panel to My Computer as well.

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To make this tweak, we’ll be doing a quick registry hack, but there’s a downloadable version provided as well.

Manual Registry Tweak to Add Recycle Bin

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

Now that you’re there, you’ll need to right-click and create a new key…

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Name the key with the following text:

{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Once you are done, it should look like this:

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Now you should be able to hit F5 on your My Computer screen, or close it and re-open.

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Downloadable Registry Hack

Rather than deal with manual registry editing, you can simply download the file, extract it, and then either double-click on the AddRecycleBinToMyComputer.reg to add Recycle Bin or RemoveRecycleBinToMyComputer.reg to remove it.

Download Add Recycle Bin Registry Hack from howtogeek.com

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